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Le Bistro Esplanade

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Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
+385 1 4566 611
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary...
Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary innovator. Opened in 1986, as a small French type of restaurant, Le Bistro immediately took an important place in the everyday life of the capital. It was the first restaurant with the glass roof. Le Bistro hostesses were the first in town to wear silk uniforms. Also, Le Bistro was the first place where wine and champagne were served per glass. It is interesting that Le Bistro first served little chocolate with the coffee, and in 1989 Le Bistro was the first place in Croatia to serve the famous Italian dessert tiramisu and celebrate Valentine's Day. Today, this charming renovated restaurant is home to the legendary 'Esplanade Strukli' - traditional dish of Zagreb region - and the best in town! Le Bistro offers light breakfast, excellent coffee, awarded cakes, croissants, Menu du jour at just 19 EUR (3-course menu per Chef's choice with glass of house wine, coffee or tea), seasonal a la carte menu - available on App store for download and weekly promotional menus. Enjoy Le Bistro during breakfast, lunch or dinner inside or on the green terrace. Open every day from 9 am - 11 pm
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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
5 star hotel

They are beautiful place with great food in bistro or Zinfandel restaurant, also bar with piano, great personal , any language is not a problem , one of best hotels in big big area( not just Croatia).

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Mladen H
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Zagreb, Croatia
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  • Local cuisine
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Zagreb, Croatia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

They are beautiful place with great food in bistro or Zinfandel restaurant, also bar with piano, great personal , any language is not a problem , one of best hotels in big big area( not just Croatia).

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Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Hungry and tired my visit to Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Tkalciceva, I stopped along the way to check out a few hotel menus, but nothing looked very interesting, so I kept going until I got to the Hotel Esplanade, a grande dame in fine fettle (omg, did I just write that??). They have a more expensive restaurant that I... More 

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Timisoara, Romania
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109 reviews 109 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I tried traditional istrian pasta with white truffle cream that was divine, also some duck and warm parsnip tart- a little bit weard- with passion fruit and pineapple icecream that were delicious. Also, the location is very elegant and very good for special occasion.

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Cairo, Egypt
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

lovely food quality and the staff are great even when they were serving more than 60 guests at one time.

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Food was yum, wine yum- French chic agreed. Rotating menu. I stuck with French onion soup, sauteed mussels appetizers and cheese cake ... and most of my honey's chocolate mousse (I can't resist handmade sweets). Too bright is my only complaint. Sit toward rear (off street) for more romantic interlude. Bistro was always available when the hotel restaurant was booked.

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Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We always stay at the Esplanade, truly a grand hotel, and Le Bistro is their informal restaurant. The staff are friendly and accommodating, the menu and wine list fairly extensive, and the strukli to die for!

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Bonn, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not particularly big portions. Food was not spectacular but a beautiful restaurant. Service was really good and the complimentary bread etc was also very nice. More on the pricey side (for portion size & since it wasn't French food being served but some German dishes which are known to be always served in larger portions) I would say but not... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Exquisite food and service. We ate fish and meat meals, everything was good. The employees are young, good looking and quite cool, actually.

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Melbourne
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Took recommendation of newly in season asparagus dish and was not disappointed! Would definitely go again.

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Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Could not be better, it offers a degree of informality with enough napery, good service and excellent food to make it the ideal 'pit stop' if you do not want the formality of an entire dinner/

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
  • Location: Europe  >  Croatia  >  Central Croatia  >  Zagreb
  • Phone Number: +385 1 4566 611

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 27
  • Cuisine: French, Croatian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary innovator. Opened in 1986, as a small French type of restaurant, Le Bistro immediately took an important place in the everyday life of the capital. It was the first restaurant with the glass roof. Le Bistro hostesses were the first in town to wear silk uniforms. Also, Le Bistro was the first place where wine and champagne were served per glass. It is interesting that Le Bistro first served little chocolate with the coffee, and in 1989 Le Bistro was the first place in Croatia to serve the famous Italian dessert tiramisu and celebrate Valentine's Day. Today, this charming renovated restaurant is home to the legendary 'Esplanade Strukli' - traditional dish of Zagreb region - and the best in town! Le Bistro offers light breakfast, excellent coffee, awarded cakes, croissants, Menu du jour at just 19 EUR (3-course menu per Chef's choice with glass of house wine, coffee or tea), seasonal a la carte menu - available on App store for download and weekly promotional menus. Enjoy Le Bistro during breakfast, lunch or dinner inside or on the green terrace. Open every day from 9 am - 11 pm

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